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FREE CAR PARKING SET TO BOOST CBD -Starts next Monday Following the recent decision by Greater Shepparton City Council to open the CBD to free (timed) parking from next Monday 2nd of December, business will get a welcome boost and customers a welcome reprieve from paid parking during the months of December and January. Continued on page 39 FREE PARKING BOON FOR CBD… Shepparton Chamber of Commerce president, John Anderson gives the thumbs up to free parking boost in the CBD. Photo: Katelyn Morse

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Can the Plan Convoy to Canberra FA R M E R S a re a ng r y a nd t hey a re protesting. Owing to extreme resistance by the Federal Government to amend the Murray Darling Basin Plan, farmers across the region are mounting a protest convoy to travel from Yass to Canberra. Speaking on behalf of the group, Jan Beer, a farmer from Yea in Victoria said, “The reason we are protesting is that the Basin Plan has failed on every level and the politicians are failing to acknowledge the

destruction being wrought by it in its current format. “It is destroying communities and is creating unemployment throughout the region. It has economically ruined once viable farms and jeopardises the national food security. “In trying to satisfy downstream recently constructed environmental needs in the South Australia, Murray River estuary, it is destroying areas of existing riverbanks

and forests here in Victoria and New South Wales. “We are heading to Canberra to confront the politicians head on and to ask the Prime Minister to explain why are they so intent on continuing with a plan that is simply not working as initially intended, and is destroying regional communities, farmers, our productive agricultural sector and our nation’s food security.” The Can the Plan convoy is assembling

at the Caltex Service Station in Yass, New South Wales at 11am on Monday December 2 and then the convoy will travel to Canberra where a Water Embassy will be established in front of Parliament House.

LOOKING OVER THE ONCOLOGY UNIT… Staff and friends of GV Health Oncology unit meet with the riders and support team from the Silver Lining Ride. Photo: Steve Hutcheson.

Silver Lining Ride team tour GV Health Oncology Unit Nine intrepid souls did a tour of the GV Health, Oncology Unit on Thursday, November 21 in a stop-over of their 1300 km bike trip from Adelaide to Melbourne. In its third year, the ride is to raise funds for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) in memory two friends of the group, Helen Hatzis and Mandy Herbert, who passed away from ovarian cancer in 2017 The team plans to raise $150,000 to help

fund a research project which aims to develop an early detection test for ovarian cancer. Cyclists left Adelaide on Friday 15 November and have so far stopped in Nuriootpa, Berri, Mildura, Euston, Swan Hill and Echuca. Dr Jâvier Torres, director of oncology at GV Health gave the team a brief summary of the range of services that the unit now provides and how they are constantly expanding access to the community.

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Schnitzels are serious business T H E first schnitzels originated in Austria. The best schnitzels are available in Australia, Shepparton to be exact, and the best of them all are at Schnitz in Fryers St. Whether you like your schnitzel with chicken, pork, beef or even a vegan variety, they have them all, then there are the different crumbs your might have on each. Schnitz are having their first birthday and to celebrate they have made a special festive stack of cranberry sauce, cos lettuce, bacon, sage and onion mayo and schnitzel on a potato rosti that will be available until the end of the year. “Busi ness du ri ng t he f i rst yea r has been better than expected,” said manager, Jordan O’Meara. “We have had a great reaction and support from our customers. We always try to keep on track the best we can to maintain that support.” Schnitz take orders online and have seating for up to 120 people or can cater for your event. IT IS THE WAY IT IS MADE… Schnitz manager, Jordan O’Meara shows off their special festive stack. Photo Katelyn Morse

Call It Out

WHILE the Country Fire Authority (CFA) are busy fighting fires in this period of high fire danger, their members are continuously undergoing training in all aspects of not only fire fighting but also in team building. One such area is the need for respectful behaviour between members in the teams that more and more, comprise both men and women. Executive Director of People, Culture and Safety with the CFA, Garry Cook said, “ It all starts with respect, and from 25 November we begin the 16 Days of Activism to remind us why calling out disrespectful behaviour is so important. “Safety and respect are two of CFA’s values, and they are a focus for us not only whilst we take part in this campaign but a focus in everything we do. This year, the

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence will align Respect Victoria’s Respect Women: Call It Out campaign. “T his campaig n aims to create community conversations and hopes to increase the activity of the bystander, to call out the drivers of family violence and violence against women. T h is huge fo c u s on byst a nder intervention, on creating a culture change, is to ensure family violence and violence against women is not normalised. This goes for within our homes, in our workplaces and in our communities.” The Municipal Association of Victoria are funding community-based activities across the state as a part of this campaign and have also created a variety of resources in collaboration with the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria.


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WINNING ARTWORK… From left, Shepparton Festival creative director, Jamie Lea, winning call to create artist, Rachel Doller, general manager, Louise Tremper, board member, Bruce Hunt-Hughes and administration officer, Sian Lewis. Photo: Katelyn Morse. BLOCKLINE… Copy. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

Shepparton Festival evolves THE Shepparton Festival is back on, now its 24th year. The program launch displayed a program of 60 events to run over 17 days beginning March 13. Festival general manager, Louise Tremper says “Over the past 24 years the Shepparton Festival has gone from strength to strength because of the Greater Shepparton community. People of all ages and backgrounds help us put these events together to produce exciting celebrations of art and entertainment, for people from all walks of life.” The program delivers a diverse range of events including visual arts, comedy, music, workshops, films, performances, feasts and a line-up of unique events you won’t want to miss. Whether

you crave a taste of culture, want to experience unusual places, are keen to explore art through your senses or simply love time with friends and family, EVOLVE 2020 has something for you. The festival committee are equally excited to launch their new brand. A visual brand that represents the festival’s motto ‘unique events, unusual places’. It highlights a geographically diverse program and symbolises the human interaction. Festival chair, Fiona Smolenaars says “It’s quite apt that the theme for 2020 is EVOLVE and we launch a new brand for the Shepparton Festival. We want to recognise the diversity of our community and those interested in art in a regional setting.”

A day full of smiles…

Shepparton’s Insight Dentistry team put together a fun fair last Saturday, November 23, which included a petting zoo, face painting, free coffee and a sausage sizzle. The day also included free oral assessments for the kids and goody bags. The dentist can be a scary time for children, so having a fun day where they could also get their teeth checked made it a little more fun for the kids. From left (back), oral health therapist, Virginia Contreras, dental assistant, Mellissa Robertson, practice manager, Mele Namoa, senior dental nurse, Jessica Taylor, and principle dentist, Dr Jason Bishop. (Front) From left, senior dental nurse, Lynette Selman, head office, Megan Pusonjic, dental assistant, Fee Sauiluma, and associate dentist, Dr Aizza Qureishi. Photo: Danielle Cox.

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FRIENDLY TEAM… From left, Verney Road Milkbar and Takeaway team members, Carol, Hannah Hu, Irene Knight, Debbie Rhodes, and managers, Tammy Yang, Ching Diao and Terry Diao. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

Roadworks won’t stop food and drinks flowing THERE’S a lot happening out at Verney, Balaclava and New Dookie Roads at the moment with the construction of the new intersection, but that hasn’t stopped the team at Verney Road Milkbar and Takeaway. Whether you’re after fried food, hot dogs, burgers or sandwiches, or maybe something to satisfy your sweet tooth, Verney Road Milkbar and Takeaway have plenty on offer to delight your taste buds.

Verney Road Milkbar and Takeaway manager, Ching Diao said, “We want to thank all our customers for the continued support over the last couple of months with the roadworks happening, we really appreciate it.” Offering great service and free parking, head into Verney Road Milkbar and Takeaway and grab a bite to eat at 9 Conifer Street, Shepparton or call 5821 2176.

Shepparton High School honours the past

KEEPING in touch with its past as it moves into a new phase, Shepparton High School will open its doors on Sunday, December 1 to pay tribute to 110 years of education before the site is transformed into a state-of-the-art secondary college. For staff, students and their families, the special Sunday opening will be a chance to celebrate their involvement in the Shepparton High School community. For visitors – many who taught at the school, attended as a student (or even did both) over the years – it will be a chance to visit familiar classrooms, catch up with old friends and recall their high school days. The day, from 11am to 3pm, will feature

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displays of memorabilia and historic photos, open doors to much of the facility, student tour guides, a free barbecue and more. A feature event will see all attendees gather for a class picture – to be taken by a drone - at 12.30pm in the school oval. “I really want to see as many people as possible with any kind of connection to the school come along and enjoy the day,” principal Christine Cole said. “I want them to reminisce and tell their stories and there are so many to be told – just about everyone in the region has some family or community connection to Shepparton High School.”

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20 year timeline for GV Health redevelopment too long Mental health, outpatients and oncology are already under stress and cannot wait 20 years for improved facilities Ms Lovell I n a response to an adjou rn ment matter raised by local Member for Northern Victoria, Wendy Lovell in State Parliament in September, Health Minister Jenny Mikakos has confirmed

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that the redevelopment of GV Health will not be completed for a minimum of 20 years. “Services not included in Stage One of the redevelopment such as mental health, outpatients and oncology are already under stress and cannot wait 20 years for improved facilities,” said Ms Lovell. Ms Lovell has been applying pressure to the govern ment to release the hospital’s revised masterplan to give the community certainty surrounding the delivery of a world-class health facility. “Jenny Mikakos has let the cat out of the bag by confirming that the redevelopment of Goulburn Valley Health will take a minimum of 20 years and will not be completed until 2035 at the earliest.” said Ms Lovell.


UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP… After owning Subway at Shepparton Marketplace for three years, Krystal Butler has decided to also become the owner of Subway Mooroopna. Photo: Supplied.

Ready to roll AFTER 17 years with the company, Krystal Butler knows a thing or two about making a delicious sandwich. After three years of owning Subway in the Shepparton Marketplace, Krystal has decided to expand and begin another chapter with Subway Mooroopna. Krystal said, “I’m really excited about this new chapter. Owning two stores is going to be a lot of work, but having a good team around me, including a great manager, and my partner and two young children, makes it all worth it.” You can order your lunch or dinner with ease with the Subway app; simply place your

order and head in store to pick it up. Subway Mooroopna and Shepparton Marketplace now also deliver with Menulog. Delivery is available every night between 5pm to 9pm from the Mooroopna store and Friday nights from 5pm to 7pm at the Marketplace store. Visit Krystal and the team at Subway Mooroopna at 105-109 McLennan Street, Mooroopna and mention this editorial to get a free six-inch sub with any foot long purchase! You can also visit Krystal at Subway Shepparton Marketplace, 110 Benalla Road, Shepparton (free six-inch promotion is only valid at the Mooroopna store).

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Community groups awarded grants by council AROU N D the Shepparton region, 19 community groups have been awarded grants for a range of purposes from the Greater Shepparton City Council. The

Council approved $20,500 in grants ranging from $500 to $2000 for small events and from $2000 to $5000 for larger events,

Greater Shepparton City Council aims to celebrate the local community and our diverse region through a range of major and community events each year. The various events supported by Council include sporting, cultural, commemorative, festive as well as annual community events. The Event Grants program provides financial assistance as well as marketing support to groups who are organising events within the Greater Shepparton

municipality. The total amount of funding allocated to the Small and Large Events Program is $45,000 for the 2019/2020 financial year. This amount is split into two rounds. The next round of Events Grants will open on Monday 2 December 2019 and close on Monday 10 February 2020. Visit / community/grants-and-funding /eventsgrant for more information.

Dookie awarded

18 new scholarships WITH a reputation as one of Australia’s b e s t ag r ic u lt u ra l col le ge s , D o ok ie campus of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences has been awarded funding by the Australian Department of Education t o p r o v i d e 18 Destination A u s t r a l i a Scholarships. The Destination Australia Program wa s e s t abl i she d in March 2019 to attract and support international and domestic students to study in regional Australia, to grow and develop regional Australian tertiary education providers and offer students a high quality learning experience. Dookie campus director, Ros Gall

said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to support and encourage students who might not have the chance to study at Dookie, and we know that students who study at Dookie are far more likely to seek regional careers, building capacity and contributing to the economic viability of regional Australia.” The faculty has a longstanding history of offering worldclass education at its regional campus in the Goulburn Valley area, with a focus on agricultural growth and sustainabilit y. Ros Gall Dookie campus is a 2,440-hectare agricultural facility located near the towns of Shepparton and Benalla in Victoria, Australia.

We know that students who study at Dookie are far more likely to seek regional careers, building capacity and contributing to the economic viability of regional Australia.

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Strong community spirit from new look local bank IT’S always nice to see the community coming together to help those in need. This time of year is always a little tougher for some families, which means that local groups like Shepparton Foodshare are in need of more supplies. Shepparton’s A NZ team have been contributing to Shepparton Foodshare over the past six months. They responded to Foodshare’s call out for businesses and organisations to help out with much-needed food items that are usually hard to get, such as UHT milk, pasta, rice and personal hygiene products. S heppa r ton Fo o d sh a re op erat ion s co-ordinator, Bec Nicoll said, “Each month Jessica Daniel from ANZ contacts me to find

out if there’s anything in particular that we desperately need, and inevitably it’s UHT milk. With thanks to Jess and the ANZ staff, we’ve had a steady supply of milk for the past few months.” Shepparton ANZ relationship manager, Jessica Daniel said, “ANZ’s purpose is to shape a world where people and communities thrive. Our staff have really gotten behind the food drive initiative with a collection of monetary donations occurring each month and then a food shop completed of the most in need items required by Foodshare. “This demonstrates our staff’s awareness of local initiatives and their ongoing willingness and commitment to contribute to help our local community thrive.”

MORE THAN JUST A BANK… From left, ANZ Shepparton Branch assistant manager, Leigh Williams, relationship manager, Jessica Daniel and senior banking consultant, Michael Harbor. Photo: Supplied.

The generosity of local businesses like ANZ is truly wonderful and a sign of the

strong community spirit that exists in the Goulburn Valley.

Ethnic Council hosting employment and housing forum The Ethnic Council of Shepparton is to host a statewide multicultural forum in Shepparton on Friday 29th of November 2019 on matters concerning employment and housing. The forum is to seek out strengths and opportunities of different regions and how to tackle the most important issues of housing and employment that concerns most of our Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)

communities in Victoria. Susan Benedyka from the Regional Development Company will be on hand to facilitate the forum that is being funded by the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion Division). The forum will take place at Parklake, Shepparton on November 29 from 10.00am to 4.00pm The discussion will be around understanding how

the challenges of housing and employment for CALD communities are being tackled across the state, with a focus on shared experience, strength-based approaches and finding ways forward. It is hoped that an agreement to ‘best practice’ approaches and opportunities to build on positive experiences with tangible, agreed directions and a joint plan of action will result from the forum.

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New beauty business open in Shepparton THE opening of a new small business in the Goulburn Valley is always exciting, but even more so when it represents a dream come true for its owner. That is particularly the case for Ellie Roczniak with the opening of Shepparton’s newest business, Beauty With Ellie Grace. Situated in the heart of the Shepparton CBD, Beauty With Ellie Grace offers a full range of beauty services including waxing, tanning, classic eyelash extensions, eyebrow treatments and tinting, make up application and nail treatments. Born in Shepparton, Ellie’s passion for beauty started in 2013 when at the age of 14 she started her first business called

Bella’s Touch, creating and selling nail polishes. After studying a Certificate III in Beauty Services at GOTAFE whilst at school, Ellie moved to Melbourne to further her studies, completing her Diploma of Beauty Therapy while working as a Beauty Advisor at Priceline in the city. Now aged 20, Ellie has returned home with her dream of opening her own salon now a reality. “It really is a dream come true and I am passionate about delivering a personalised service of the highest quality to every one of my customers.” Ellie said. Ellie is now welcoming existing and new clients to Beauty With

DREAMS DO COME TRUE… Beauty With Ellie Grace owner, Ellie Roczniak is excited for the opening of her own beauty salon and welcomes new and existing clients. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

Ellie Grace at 238 Wyndham Street, Shepparton. Bookings can be made by searching Beauty With Ellie Grace on Facebook or Instagram, or by contacting Ellie by text on 0439 926 012.

A great success for Tatura 200 THE inaugural Tatura 200 Charity Bike R ide & Walk was held on Saturday, November 16 and according to all involved was an outstanding success. Championed by Tatura Milk Industries the event raised $90,000, which will be distributed to local charities and organisations in the Goulburn Valley. A total of 322 riders and walkers participated in the event, which catered for participants at all levels of ability and fitness. Riders had a choice of completing a 200km, 100km or 50km scenic ride that took in local orchards, dairy farms, country townships, the occasional Goulburn River crossing and views of Waranga Basin.

The 25km Gears & Graze ride was the most popular, with over 130 riders cycling to Longleat Wines in Murchison for an afternoon of wine, food and live music in the beautiful vineyard setting. Those not a fan of the bike had the option of walking a 10km track in Tatura. Tatura 200 event manager, Georgia Vibert said, “2019 marked the 12th Tatura 200 event with an accumulative total of around $1 million raised over the years. Tatura Milk Industries is proud to support the local community and provide an opportunity for participants, volunteers and community groups to work together.” A large part of the funding this year

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RIDING FOR CHARITY AND FUN… Hundreds of bike riders and walkers took part in the 12th annual Tatura 200 on Saturday, November 16 and raised funds for local charities and organisations. Photo: Supplied.

will support the introduction of tertiary education scholarships for Tatura Milk dairy farmer suppliers and their families.

Other deserving groups to receive funding included Give Me 5 For Kids, GV Trails Group, Tatura CFA and many others.


Excited for Christmas…

Local Girgarre children getting into the Christmas spirit. From left, 1-year-old, Ava Fisher, 7-yearold, Cooper Fisher, 2-year-old, Harry Fisher and 3-year-old, Max Fisher. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

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Steamed Christmas pudding


ADD a little festive cheer to your feast with this traditional, steamed Christmas pudding, full of sweet fruity flavours and just a hint of brandy.

EXPLORE EMERALD BANK AND THE MARKETS… The Village Market at Emerald Bank and the Shepparton Farmer’s Market run on the first Sunday of each month from 9am to 1pm. Talk to PotWerx’s owner, David Saunders about accessories for your alfresco living. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

Christmas cheer at farmers’ market Pots, pavers, and

FOR the last market this year, Emerald Bank Farmers’ Market takes on a Christmas theme with 65 stall holders providing opportunities to pick up great value gifts, cards and decorations to make your festive season that much better. During the day, Santa’s schedule calls for him to make a couple of whistle stops at the market on his way back to the North Pole, arriving at 11am and again at 12 noon. There will also be a stall set up to get some Christmas photos done of the kids, making a perfect and personal Christmas gift for loved ones. Located at one end of the market, for those looking to revamp their outdoor living over

Christmas, Pot-Werx owners, David and Cheryl Saunders have a permanent display of a large range of planters and hand made accessories to make your alfresco living functional and complete. “A big seller lately has been our range of distinctive water features and the Columbian hand made pottery,” said David. “But our range of custom made pavers are still the most popular item we have.” The Village Market and Shepparton Farmers’ Market is open on the first Sunday of the month, the next is December 1. It will not be held in January and the first market in the new year will be in February.

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SHOPPING LIST: • 250g unsalted butter, melted, cooled • 220g brown sugar • 3 eggs, lightly whisked • 375g dried mixed fruit • 75g of each of the following: glace cherries (quartered), chopped dried figs, chopped dried pears, dried cranberries and chopped pitted dried dates • 2 tablespoons finely grated orange rind • 1 cup of orange juice • 1/3 cup brandy • 150g plain flour • 150g self-raising flour • 1 tsp of each of the following: bicarb soda, ground cinnamon, mixed spice and ground nutmeg • Custard, ice-cream, or brandy butter, to serve 1. Brush a two litre, oven safe pudding pot with melted butter and line with baking paper 2. Combine the dried fruit, orange rind and juice into a medium saucepan 3. Cook by stirring for 10 minutes over

medium heat or until fruit softens 4. Remove from heat and set aside for 30 minutes to cool 5. Add the brandy and stir to combine 6. Sift combined flours with bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, mixed spice and nutmeg into a large bowl and add fruit mixture, butter, brown sugar and eggs and stir until well combined 7. Gently spoon mixture into the prepared pudding steamer, smooth top and secure the lid 8. Place pudding basin into a large saucepan. Pour in enough boiling water to combine halfway up the side of the pan 9. Place over medium heat and bring to the boil. Cook, covered, topping up with extra boiling water if necessary, for five and a half hours, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the pudding comes out clean 10. Remove steamer from saucepan and set aside for 10 minutes before turning onto a serving plate 11. Serve immediately with custard, icecream or brandy butter as desired.

NOTES Preparation time includes time for cooling

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across the world


WHILE most of us here in Australia have a very good grasp on the tradition of Christmas and the big man in red, have you ever stopped to think how others across the world celebrate the festive season and what Santa means to them?


sound better SUPERB SOUND FOR ALL AROUND… Head into Sounds Around to see their extensive range of Klipsch speakers and some great savings for Black Friday. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

Make your music and movies WITH Black Friday sales beginning this week, now is the perfect time to get your Christmas shopping sorted, Nick Durston and Nathan Tranter at Sounds Around have all your home entertainment needs covered. Whether you’re after turntables, Bluetooth speakers, or headphones, Sounds Around have a large range of high quality home entertainment ideal for Christmas gifts for the whole family.

Why not also take advantage of their Black Friday sale and get something for yourself? Sounds Around has the latest and best in Klipsch speakers, with a special upsize offer available until December 13. They also have 20 percent off all Denon and Marantz AV Receivers. Visit the team at 8026 Goulburn Valley Highway, Kialla (across from Riverside Plaza) or call 5821 0006

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While Santa is normally depicted as a jolly, good natured, kind person in many countries, this is not so in Italy. Befana (bee-far-na) is a witch who leaves coal for the naughty children and lollies for the well behaved. Befana is known to fly down chimneys or enter by shimmying through keyholes. Personally, we wouldn’t want to see either!

Slovakia and Czech Republic

In Slovakia and the Czech Republic, Saint Nicholas brings gifts to the children on Saint Nicholas Day each year. He comes to Earth from Heaven by sliding down a golden rope. He is joined by an angel and a devil (cert), who help to reward the good children and punish the bad children. The cert scares the children who have been bad throughout the year by reminding them what will be in store for them in Hell if they continue their naughty ways.


Icelanders go all out for Christmas with their festive celebrations lasting 26 days! Beginning on December 11, when Yule Lads or jólasveinarnir (yola-sveen-ahnish) arrive and continues through to January 6. The Yule Lads are a group of 13 mischievous tricksters accompanied by the evil Christmas Cat.

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lunch menu SO YOU’RE hosting Christmas lunch, it’s no big deal right; just the final opportunity to do so this decade! One might say that’s reason enough to go out with a bang; or at least a well considered, crowd-pleasing, themed banquet. There’s a great number of menu options and catering choices on the table, here’s our top picks for a smashing Christmas lunch:


Summer in Australia is hot, there’s no denying that, which is why cold seafood platters and fresh salads are often favoured over the traditional Christmas banquet, opt for fresh for a real Aussie Chrissy flavour.

CHRISTMAS ON A BUDGET: HUGE RANGE FOR CHRISTMAS… Trelly’s Outdoors owner, Steve Threlfall and team member, Ross Threlfall can help you find the perfect gift this Christmas. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

BETTER, BEAT OR BONUS IT LOOKING for a gift for the fisherman or hunter in your life this Christmas? With a huge range of fishing and hunting gear, look no further than Trelly’s Outdoors. Trelly’s Outdoors owner, Steve Threlfall said, “Bring in a competitors catalogue and we will either better, beat or bonus the price on any stocked item! We also have gift

vouchers available, so pop in and grab the perfect gift for your friend or family member.” Call into Trelly’s Outdoors today to get all your Christmas gifts sorted at 209 Corio Street, Shepparton or phone 5821 6572.

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Christmas catering can be costly, but you need not go into debt for your guests; simply call for contributions - just make sure your guests are ‘bringing a plate’ from your pre-planned menu.


The timeless, traditional, classic Christmas feast, incorporating roasted everything (turkey, ham, pork), followed by plum puddings and mince pies drizzled in dense custard or thickened cream.


Nothing beats an Aussie barbecue for Christmas, simply conjure up all your favourites and cook a feast under the hood.

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Cooking a Christmas turkey PAGE 10

IF TURKEY is on the menu for your Christmas feast and you’re a novice in need of some know-how, read on. First, you’ll need to select the bird that’s right for you; fresh and free range are highly recommended, however if you want to avoid missing out, frozen is also an option. You’ll need to allow 15 minutes of preparation time and four hours cooking time for a five to six kilogram turkey, which will serve six to 10 people. SHOPPING LIST: • 5-6kg Turkey • 120g butter, softened • 1 lemon, halved • Salt and pepper Preheat oven to 220 degrees. Place the turkey in a roasting tin and, starting at the neck, slide your hand between the skin and the breast meat to loosen it. Rub some softened butter under the skin, into the breast meat, then over the top of the skin, season well with salt and pepper. Insert the lemon halves in the cavity of the bird, this will keep it moist. Roast for 30 minutes, until golden brown all over, then remove and brush with more softened butter (baste), now reduce the oven temp to 180 degrees. Continue to baste every 30 to 40 minutes with softened butter or spoon over the turkey juices from the roasting tin, until the turkey is cooked and the juice from the thickest part of the leg runs clear. Transfer to a serving platter, let rest for 15 minutes but cover with foil to keep warm.

Help those in need with a truly practical gift

A GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING… The Kmart Wishing Tree appeal has been launched and you can now drop in store to donate to those in need this Christmas. Photo: Supplied.

WITHOUT the help of appeals such as the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal, there are many who would go without during Christmas, and you can donate to the appeal now. Kmart officially kicked off its 31st year of the appeal together with The Salvation Army in Shepparton recently, to support disadvantaged people across Australia and New Zealand, which last year locally helped to support 400 families across the region. The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal is Australia’s largest and longest running Christmas gift collection appeal, having raised more than eight million gifts for people doing it tough, with close to 400,000 gifts being collected every year.

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This year’s appeal will run until Christmas Eve, with financial contributions accepted until January 31, 2020. Get involved in the appeal by: 1. Placing a gift under the Wishing Tree at any Kmart store 2. Adding a little extra to your transaction by clicking the Wishing Tree logo on the self-serve checkouts and dropping your spare change in a coin collection box at any register 3. Taking a bauble tag off the Wishing Tree and scan the barcode at any register to contribute 4. Giving online and visit / kmartwishingtree

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Security during the holidays PAGE 12

IF YOU’RE planning a much needed break and you’re headed away this festive season, you’ll want to feel safe in the knowledge that your home is secure. Consider these handy tips to put your mind at ease and help you slip into holiday mode: • Do a pre-holiday security audit to identify and fix any security gaps, include checking the locks on all windows and gates, reviewing exterior lighting and securing any outdoor valuables

• Think about how the home will look from the street whilst you’re away and consider setting a timer for internal lighting and appliances such as the TV, and evaluate if it is wise to leave at least one car in the driveway • Inform trusted neighbours of holiday plans and ask them to keep an eye on the house and collect mail before it builds up • Don’t reveal holiday plans to strangers when communicating with friends on social media

SLIP, SLOP, SLAP, SAFE... Summer is almost upon us which means lot’s of fun in the sun, but we have to remember to be safe whilst having fun. Photo: Courtesey of Poolwerx Shepparton.

Pool Safety

this festive season WHEN the mercury rises, there’s nothing better than taking a refreshing dip in the pool, better still, if that pool exists within your own backyard! However it’s no secret that backyard pools can also provide a safety hazard for young children. Keep the kids safe this summer with a few, simple to implement precautionary measures: • Above ground or below, ensure your pool fence is fully secure, this is a legal requirement as it forms a barrier that will keep kids out of the water when you’re not outside to supervise them

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• Fence gates should always be self-closing, self-latching and open outward, away from the pool • Have rescue equipment, including a life ring, as well as a first aid kit stored near the pool in a clearly marked and accessible area • Inspect the pool area daily for slip hazards • Store chemicals safely and securely • Teach kids how to swim • Learn CPR • Set pool rules



Christmas tree

TREE styling has become an increasingly popular trend in the past decade, with loads of inspiringly non-traditional designs set to be displayed in households across the country again this year. If you want to achieve a professionally styled look in your home, then choosing your theme is the key. Your Christmas tree is your festive focal point and so, needs to be adorned with a look that ties all of it’s decorative counterparts together. Deciding on a theme


Berry pavlova

The perfect Christmas dessert

Ingredients: • 4 egg whites • 1 cup caster sugar • 1 tsp cornflour • 1 tsp vanilla essence

before shopping for, or creating your DIY decorations, will set the tone for the materials you’ll require and also give you a clear idea of how to decorate your tree. When decorating, always remember to start with your string of lights first, followed by anything else strung, tinsel, garlands, strings of bows, then add the baubles or decorative ornaments of your choice. Need some inspiration? Check out the Pinterest App you’ll find loads of DIY to get your creative juices flowing!

• 300ml cream • 250g strawberries • 125g raspberries • 125g blueberries

Method: Step 1: Preheat oven to 120°C or 100°C fan and grease a large oven tray (a round pizza tray works best for this). On a sheet of baking paper the size of the tray, use a plate as a guide to draw a 23cm circle, then a 13cm circle inside it. Place the paper on the tray, pencil-side-down. Step 2: Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Add sugar a spoonful at a time, beating until dissolved between each addition until the mixture is thick and glossy. Add cornflour and vanilla and beat briefly, until just combined. Step 3: Using the pencil lines as a guide, scoop large spoonfuls of meringue onto the tray to form a wreath shape. Use the back of a spoon to make an indentation in the top of meringue, all the way around the centre. Bake for 1½ hours, then turn off the oven, prop the door open slightly and leave to cool completely. Step 4: To serve, carefully run a large knife between the pavlova and the paper to loosen it, then slide onto a serving plate. Whip the cream to soft peaks and spoon over the top of the pavlova. Top with the berries.

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Casa Bed, a refreshing take on the traditional four poster bed, Harvey Norman

Spalding 44” Polycarb Combo (Includes mounting bracket), $299, Intersport Bennetts Kyabram, Echuca & Deniliquin

Spalding Evolution 44’’ No Tools System, $199, Intersport Bennetts Kyabram, Echuca & Deniliquin

Spalding 44” Eco Composite Combo (Includes mounting bracket), $129, Intersport Bennetts Kyabram, Echuca & Deniliquin

Celebrate with Peppermint Grove Candle and Diffuser, Assorted Range Available, Tatura Pharmacy

Beefeater Bugg with Trolley and Full Length Cover, $699.00, Harvey Norman

Klipsch T5 True Wireless In-Ear Headphones $349.00, Sounds Around

Klipsch T5 Wireless Neckband Headphones $199.00, Sounds Around

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Limited Editions Ecoya Christmas Candle, Assorted Range Available, Tatura Pharmacy

Magical Cotton Candy Christmas Lanterns, Assorted Range Available, Tatura Pharmacy

Make your own pizzas with ease on your BBQ with the Firebox BBQ Pizza Oven, $99, Harvey Norman

Adding sophisticated style to your bedroom is easy with the Calista 4 Drawer Bed, Harvey Norman

Goulburn Valley Tea Towel $19.95, Pinch of Salt

The One-II Wireless Tabletop Audio System $599.00, Sounds Around

Alliance Heavy Duty Netball Goalpost With Weighted Base, $299, Intersport Bennetts Kyabram, Echuca & Deniliquin

Denon Fully Automatic Turntable with USB $549.00, Sounds Around


PLENTY OF GIFT IDEAS IN TATURA… Christmas in Tatura will be held this Friday night, giving you the perfect chance to get those Christmas gifts sorted. Photo: Supplied.

Christmas hits the streets of Tatura MANY local businesses in Tatura are lighting up their shops, staying open late or setting up a stall in Stuart Mock Place this Friday, November 29 for a night of Christmas. The Tatura Community Plan Committee together with Greater Shepparton City Council have been busy organising the event with new Christmas decorations arriving in Tatura this year. Starting from 6pm, Christmas in Tatura is the perfect night to get your Christmas shopping started while supporting some great local businesses. You can also order a fresh, beautiful Christmas tree from Tatura Lions for delivery the following weekend and also grab one of their delicious Christmas cakes. With plenty on offer, bring your family and friends to enjoy dinner at your favourite eatery or try somewhere new. There will

be activities for the kids and of course Santa will be making an appearance! Vinnies will also be accepting gifts for those doing it tough at Christmas time, so bring a gift and help someone in need this Christmas. One of the highlights of the night will be the beautiful Christmas tree designed by Angelo Torresan and manufactured in town by Trevaskis Engineering as it’s brought to life by Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Seema Abdullah. Christmas in Tatura will be held along Hogan Street and Stuart Mock Place on this Friday, November 29 from 6pm to 9pm. Entry to the event is free, so make sure you pop down for a night not to miss.

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for a chance to be featured A PARTY NOT TO MISS… Tickets are now on sale for the Aussie Hotel’s annual Carols by Barrels event on December 7th. Photo: Supplied.

‘Tis the season for

Carols by Barrels ‘Tis the season for indulgence, for partying with friends and family, and for the Aussie Hotel’s annual Carols by Barrels event to close Fryers Street for a night of entertainment and fun. For several years now, Carols by Barrels has been a night not to miss. Held on Saturday, December 7 and gates opening at 6pm, there will be plenty on offer for everyone to enjoy. Head down early for dinner, with plenty of seating both inside and out, and you can continue partying

through the night without having to purchase a ticket! As well as a main stage on the street, there will be more entertainment inside the Aussie Hotel, a community barbecue, outdoor bars, live entertainment, including Jimmy Cupples, Jammed Up, Michael Serra, and Entourage, and DJs throughout the night. Tickets are on sale now from the Aussie Hotel for $20, as well as on the night. Visit 73 Fryers Street, Shepparton or call 5821 4011 for more information.

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PERHAPS NOT SO EXCITED FOR CHRISTMAS… The winning photo of our Santa Photo competition from last year. From left, Tristan, Roxy and Marlee Fallon. Photo: Supplied.

DO you have a cute photo of your child with Santa, or decked out in festive fashion? The Adviser would love for you to email your photos to photo@ or message it to our Facebook page, ‘The Shepparton Adviser’ and we will publish the best

photos in the next Christmas Gift Guide edition on Wednesday, December 11. Due to size restrictions we request that you email one photo at a time under 8MB or there may be the chance that we will not receive your photo.




Now’s the time

PERFECT GIFT IDEAS THIS CHRISTMAS… Stephens Jewellers Shepparton team leader, Nancy May showcasing some of the great range of watches available in store. Photo: Danielle Cox.

to shop for Christmas IF you’re looking for inspiration to find the perfect gift for that special someone this Christmas, look no further than Stephens Jewellers. Stephens Jewellers stock a large selection of jewellery and watches, hand selected for gift giving solutions, with new brands and new season styles now in store. Now stocking Hugo Boss and Tommy Hilfiger watches along with proven favourites from ICE Watch, Olivia Burton, and Fossil, there’s a unique watch for every family member in store. When it comes to some special jewellery items for under the Christmas tree, Stephens Jewellers have you covered with

affordable and stylish selections such as the Von Treskow Silver Jewellery collection. Stephens Jewellers will also have a great range of jewellery and watches at great prices for their Black Friday sale, so head in store or online to secure a great deal! Visit Stephens Jewellers at one of their three locations. Open seven days at Shepparton Marketplace, and extended hours through December for their Fryers Street, Shepparton store. Also located in Echuca at 133 Hare Street, with extended trading hours for December as well. You can also shop online and pick up in store at

IF YOU’RE the type of festive season enthusiast who loves the neighbour’s light show but has never joined the Christmas light brigade before, due to a lack of know how; now you can with these quick tips: A great way to showcase your passion for the season is to start with a creative window display. Try using your tree as a centrepiece in a kerb facing window and add complementary wreaths, lights or window decals either side to create an interesting feature. Alternatively, try honing your exterior decorating skills by creating a welcoming scene just outside your front door; use a mix of fairy lights, weather hardy festive figures and light-up characters and gifts. Another great option is to create an outdoor Christmas tree using an existing tree in your front yard. Start by winding a string of lights from the base of the trunk up the limbs and around the branches - just ensure you check all bulbs are working before you begin.

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Gift Wrapping

ONCE you know how to wrap a gift, you’ll know forever, check out our wrapping guide 101. WHAT YOU NEED: • Wrapping paper • Present • Scissors • Tape • Gift tags, ribbon and/or decorative bows FOLLOW THESE STEPS: 1. Gather gift and wrapping materials 2. Clear a large flat surface 3. Secure fragile items within boxes 4. Roll out wrapping paper 5. Place gift upside down in the center of the paper, so seams end up on the bottom 6. Bring the paper up one side and over the top of the box, all the way to the opposite edge then cut 7. Make long even cuts, if your edge is


jagged, fold it for a smooth seam 8. Recenter the gift on the paper 9. Bring one side of the paper up the side and halfway across the top 10. Before bringing the second side of paper up and over the first, create a clean seam by folding over the last 3cms or so of the paper, using your fingers to create a tight crease, then bring this side up so it just overlaps the first one and secure with tape 11. Fold the paper on each side of the present, starting on one end, fold down the top flap onto the side of the box, creating two little wings at the side. Flatten those in against the box, then fold the remaining triangle of paper up against the box, fasten with tape 12. Stand the box up and repeat folding to the other side 13. Add finishing touches of ribbon and gift tags


Tech gifts

CUSTOMER SERVICE TAILORED TO YOU… Data Parts sales team member, Shane Martin can help customers get the most out of their device. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

the go this Christmas T H I N K I NG about get ting a family member, friend or child a new device this Christmas? Whether it’s the latest iPhone, an Apple Watch, or an iPad or tablet, or even a pair of Airpods, Data Parts in Shepparton have a large range of technology, both Apple and PC, and accessories for the perfect Christmas gift. Data Parts also pride themselves on their customer support. If you’re a parent worried about what your child can and cannot do on their new or old device, Data Parts sales team member, Shane Martin can help you through parental controls, family sharing and child safety, amongst other common device queries and concerns. Shane said, “Our support is tailored to

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each individual and what they want to get out of their device. Whether it’s just setting up iCloud, transferring from an old to new device, or parental control; we’ll sit down with you and help you through it all.” Data Parts are also an Apple Authorised Service Reseller and Provider, meaning Shane and the team can help with sale and repair across all Apple products, including iPhones, iPads, iMacs, Apple TVs, and Apple Watches. To book an appointment with Shane or check out the great range of technology available at Data Parts, drop in today at 3 Edward Street, Shepparton. For further information, visit or call the team on 5821 7155.

Combining harness racing


and fun this Christmas

A NIGHT AT THE RACES… Shepparton Harness Racing Club general manager, Ian McDonald encourages everyone to pop down to their annual family fun event on December 18th. Photo: Danielle Cox.

WITH the craziness of Christmas just around the corner, why not take a night off to enjoy time with the family and head out to the Shepparton Harness Racing Club’s annual family fun event. Held on Wednesday, December 18 from 6pm, there will be plenty on offer for the whole family to enjoy. The night will include kids entertainment, raffles, pony trots, and of course, a visit from Santa himself! Entry is free, with the bistro open

for dinner and the TAB and bars are open throughout the night. Sheppa r ton H a r ness R aci ng Club general manager, Ian McDonald said, “Traditionally this is a very major event on our calendar with great crowds and continuous giveaways throughout the day. “Come down and have an enjoyable, wonderful family night out.” For more information, call Shepparton Harness Racing Club on 5823 1403.

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TIS’ THE SEASON FOR GOLF… Mooroopna Golf Club general manager, Craig Prothero and GV Golf Centre owner and operator, Darren Rodgers are preparing for the silly season. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

Hit a hole in one this Christmas SUMMER is almost upon us, which means barbecues, Christmas, and plenty of fun in the sun. The Mooroopna Golf Club is the perfect place to spend some time with friends and family this season. Whether it’s for a Christmas party in the bistro, or a day out on the course with a barbecue lunch and a great group of friends, there’s plenty on offer at the golf club. The Mooroopna Golf Club also has the GV Golf Centre pro shop, stocked full of gift ideas for the golfer in your life.

Mooroopna Golf Club general manager, Craig Prothero said, “We’ve just upgraded a few of our holes, and a brand new driving range is underway which will hopefully be opening up early next year. “We have big plans out here over the next few years, so watch this space!” Call the Mooroopna Golf Club on 5825 4135 to book for a function or visit 2 Fairway Drive, Mooroopna for a day out on the greens or to grab a gift from the GV Golf Centre shop.

Your perfect Christmas destination

THIS festive season, head on over to Mooroopna to e njoy a u n ique a nd fantastic range of shopping options that can see you spend hours at one of the town’s many businesses. From businesses that can help you celebrate the Christmas season, give you a range of options and products to carry out a DIY project, provide you with a

place to sit and enjoy a nice meal or catch up with friends, be pampered, have your health checked or enjoy a beauty treatment; Mooroopna really has something for everyone this Christmas. And the best part is that on top of a range of specialty stores to pick up that perfect gift for someone, you can spend hours taking advantage of stress free shopping

knowing that there is plenty of free parking across Mooroopna. So pop into Bottle- O Mooroopna, Ve r d u r e Na t u r o p a t hy, M o o r o o p n a G ol f C lub, Mo o ro o p n a H a rdwa re , Cellarbrations, Talisman Menswear and Pampens Boutique for your Christmas shopping this year.

MOOROOPNA IS MAGICAL… This Christmas, head on over to Mooroopna to enjoy a range of great shopping and dining experiences, all with access to free parking. Photo: Supplied.

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BRIGHT COLOURS AND BRIGHT SMILES… Jan Thompson and Margie Warnett from Pampens Boutique are passionate about creating beautiful wardrobes for their customers. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

Get the look this summer A NIGHT NOT TO MISS… Head down to John Gray Oval in Mooroopna on Saturday, December 14 for a night of Carols in the Park. Photo: Supplied.

Mooroopna to come alive with carols SONGS of joy filled with the Christmas spirit are set to flow through Mooroopna at the beginning of December, with the Kiwanis Club of Mooroopna proudly presenting ‘Carols in the Park.’ The free evening of fun and relaxation on over 1.5 acres of lawn for families and the community to connect, will run on Saturday, December 14 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at John Gray Oval, McLennan Street, Mooroopna. There will be free off-street parking, free entertainment, free activities and will conclude with a fireworks and sound show spectacular!

IF YOU’RE looking for some new styles and fresh summer clothing, or are stuck on what to get mum for Christmas, pop into Pampens Boutique for the perfect gift or to spoil yourself this season. Pampens is a women’s fashion and accessories boutique stocking a beautiful selection of amazing outfits to take you from lunch with the girls to any formal occasion; and everything in between. Pampens specialise in helping you to feel gorgeous, and will solve your ‘what to wear’ dilemma. Pampens Boutique owner, Margie Warnett said, “We are passionate about creating beautiful wardrobes with classic designs to help women feel stylish and confident anywhere, anytime.”

As for this summer, Margie commented, “This season we’re seeing bright colours, patterned fabric and linen due to its light and breathable texture, ideal for the warmer weather.” Curating a broad line up of chic labels, Pampens’ aim is to make it easy for you to pull together beautiful and versatile outfits. Their labels include Andiamo, The Ark, Yarra Trail, Megan Salmon and Curate; just to name a few. Pampens is renowned for its high level of customer service. Margie and her staff look forward to helping customer style their perfect outfit in store at 112 McLennan Street, Mooroopna. Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5:30pm and Saturday 9am to 12pm.

Bring your picnic rug, chairs and Christmas cheer. Everything is free, except food stalls and LED candles. All proceeds go to supporting the ‘Heart Kids Organisation.’ Free carol songbooks are available from Kiwanis barbeque tent. Entertainment includes live music with the house band, various local artists, local schools, musical groups, Sing Australia Choir and a special guest visit by Santa. Other activities on offer will be an Anglican Church dress-up nativity scene and photo booth, giant jumping castles and the Activities in the Park inflatable soccer target.

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LET US ENTERTAIN YOU… If you’re hosting a Christmas lunch or dinner this year, make sure you get it right with some helpful tips. Photo: Supplied.

Entertaining right this Christmas SOMETIMES the thought of being in charge of hosting the Christmas gathering at your place can seem a little daunting and you’re left having to think about accommodating extra guests. You might ask, where do I start? Entertaining guests with maximum impact this Christmas can be achieved by planning how you will accommodate your guests with the right food, entertainment, furniture and accessories.

Clear the hallway

C re at i ng a n i mpre s sive ent ra nc e is definitely the first step to welcoming your guests. Store away shoes and other personal items and add a bunch of fresh flowers on your hall table to create a warm and welcoming environment.

Select your seating

Work out how many guests you need to accommodate and figure out if you require additional seating in your home. Adding elegant barstools around your kitchen or dining areas for additional seating and

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conversation is an effective option. Or you could explore adding more dining chairs around the dining table or living areas if required.

Create an elegant dining table

Simply adding a tablecloth over your dining table can really help to freshen up your space. Go all out with decorations, cutlery and cloth napkins to really spoil your guests. You can find a lot of great and beautiful table settings, cutlery sets and decorations from various places without having to break the bank, as well.

Add pops of colour

Inspire creativity and a bit of decorative flair by adding pops of colour to your sofa. These are quick and easy ways to dress a sofa and make your guests feel right at home. Add patterned scatter cushions with vibrant colours or a pretty textured throw to your sofa. It will make an impact and give a fresh new look to celebrate the festive season.

Christmas wishes


to include in your cards CHRISTMAS is a good excuse to send cards to all my favourite people. • Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and happy holidays. • May we all show each other the love and patience that we may not deserve this Christmas. That is the true spirit of Christmas. • It’s easy to get caught up in all the business of Christmas, but I’m wishing you a peaceful Christmas full of the most important things. • Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May you be surrounded by all the things that bring Christmas cheer. • I hope you are reminded of all the most important things

5 ways to have a It’s estimated that Australians spend $11 billion every single year during Christmas, on presents, food, holidays, decorations and more, and it doesn’t take an economist to work out that the figure is, well, completely crazy. Here’s what you can do to cut down on spending this year.

Set a spending limit for all gifts

Ch r ist mas should rea lly be about the loveliness of being together, not the opportunity to stack up as many gifts as possible. Set a limit for everyone you’re buying for and stick to it. Get creative with your limit

in your life this Christmas. Merry Christmas! • We hope you are surrounded by beauty and comfort this Christmas season. • Blessings, love, and peace to you this Christmas. • Hoping you can feel love, joy, and peace this Christmas season. • The beauty of the Christmas season is that it can remind us of all the beauty in life that we take for granted: our family, our friends, and our faith. • Keep Christmas a time of celebration and love. Don’t let Christmas become a chore. Don’t let Christmas bring strife to your home.

budget-friendly Christmas

- maybe you could add a handmade gift, like baked goods or a framed photograph.

Bring a thing

I know it’s sometimes hard to ask, but guests really do like to bring something, so let them! If you’re hosting, say yes when people ask what they can bring. Ask them to bring a fruit salad, or sandwiches for the kids. It all adds up and it will take off some of the pressure - both in terms of money and your effort and time.

Opt for inexpensive decorations

If you do want to up the ante, you can go for something beautiful but inexpensive, like candles. Buy a big pack, and pop them in glasses or old vases down the middle of the table. And get creative: if you have old Christmas music sheets or hymn books from school lying around, photocopy or print them and use as placemats. You could also use these as wrapping paper and gift tags.

Cheap gift-wrapping

Speaking of packaging, nobody needs to spend a fortune on Christmas-themed giftwrap. Buy a cheap roll of Kraft Paper and let your kids create their own artworks on them for wrapping. Cute and cheap: just the way we like it.

Reuse and recycle

This sounds obvious, but: try not to buy anything new. Chances are, you already have a Christmas tree and all the wrapping. You probably already own a lot of decorations. The temptation to buy will always be there, but you don’t have to give in to it.

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Spare parts firm drives business in the Goulburn Valley TRUE to their prediction, the Burson Auto Parts group of outlets just continues to grow. The brand new Wangaratta store has now opened and will service from Wangaratta down to Benalla. Other stores that cover the broader Goulburn Valley are Shepparton and Echuca. In recent times, Burson Auto Parts has grown to 185 outlets across Australia and Thailand. With premium quality leading brand parts from the likes Ryco, Bendix, Narva, NGK and Dayco and top end mechanical repair tools such as Kincrome and SP Tools making up the largest part of their 16,000 stock items Regional manager, Shane Wright said,”Our trade focus on the local mechanical repair businesses means we have to be your best and most reliable auto parts supplier. Our clients expect great customer service and rapid delivery. Our network area is quite large so having our new store in Wangaratta will see our clients receive far better attention.”

THE NEW FACES IN WANGARATTA... From left, sales representative, Mat Reid, assistant store manager, Tim Tracey, driver, Lisa McGrath, sales person, Craig Barkla and store manager Ashley Shay. Photo: Supplied READY TO DELIVER… Burson Wangaratta store manager, Ashley Shay is excited to have their new store open and their vehicles are ready to go for deliveries. Photo: Supplied.

“Our clients include mechanical repair shops but we also serve the public, councils and government clients as well as a range of engineering firms such as forklift and bus companies.” said Shepparton store manager, Jared Welch. “Our delivery service is for our account customers who need a part for a job and we can get it to them rapidly, while the car is still on the hoist,” said Jared. The new Burson Auto Parts store in Wangaratta is at 62 Tone Road, Wangaratta with the Shepparton store at 24 Benalla Rd, Shepparton and the Echuca store is at 166 Ogilvie St, Echuca.

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FREE (TIMED) CAR PARKING SET TO BOOST CBD “The decision is an important first step to helping boost business in Shepparton,” Shepparton Chamber of Commerce president, John Anderson said. “The decision is also one of significance as retail shopping habits have changed with the growth of online shopping, and we need to keep up with an ever changing retail trading environment.” The Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry continues to work hard for its

members to help bring life back into the CBD. The Council with the Chamber are set to launch the complimentary (timed) car parking campaign. “It’s important everyone realises that it’s for Council carparks, not privately operated carparks such as the Multi-Deck in Stewart Street, CarePark near Chemist Warehouse in Vaughan and Maude Streets and GV Health’s carpark. It’s also important that shoppers don’t overstay the time limits, if they do, they are likely to receive a fine,” Mr

Anderson said. The complimentary parking is for 15 minute, and two hour and five hour parks in the CBD. Mr Anderson added that it was important proprietors and staff of businesses in the CBD adhered to the Council parking laws, as it’s just as important that carpark turnover continues so shoppers can have consistent access to businesses. The two month complimentary (timed)

parking period ends on Friday 31st January. “We also encourage parking on the edge of the CBD and walking into the shops,” John said.

Shepparton property investment seminar PROPERTY INVESTMENT EXPERTS… iBuildNew director, John Rankin is looking forward to coming to Shepparton next week for an investment seminar. Photo: Supplied.

Are you looking to buy an investment property for the first time? Or perhaps you’re an experienced investor looking for that next opportunity, but are not sure where to invest? The iBuildNew Investment Properties team is coming to Shepparton on Thursday, December 5 to facilitate a two hour educational seminar specifically on investing in regional Victoria. You will be taken through both the iBuildNew

and other Australian leading independent property research that highlights some of the best investment opportunities in Australia. Some of these opportunities happen to be on the back door of Shepparton, including Bendigo, Benalla and Wodonga. You will hear from true property investment experts with dozens of years of experience in educating and helping clients create wealth, in safe and high performing investment properties. The forum will be informative yet relaxed enough so you can ask any questions you may have. If you’re ready to learn and take the plunge into property investment, this is an event you shouldn’t miss out on! iBuildNew offers a property concierge service to help clients find the right investment property for their specific budget and investment objectives. iBuildNew Investment Properties run seminars all over Victoria on a monthly

basis, and we are now coming to Shepparton. Given the favourable market conditions they are increasingly focused on supporting clients with making the right investment decisions in regional Victoria, with high demand for new housing expected in many of Victoria’s regional hubs. So, register for this free seminar at www. and benefit from their knowledge and experience!

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NEWS THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY FOR THE BEST SERVICE… Central Tyre Service head mechanic, Daniel Wright using the latest in wheel alignment technology. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

Even though we do tyres, we also offer full logbook servicing and full mechanical repairs including suspension, alignments, brakes and more. Rod Poliness

Latest tech for longstanding tyre business WITH over 60 years of service operating from the same location, Shepparton’s Central Tyre Service is the team best equipped to assist with all your vehicle’s needs. Central Tyre Service co-owner, Rod Poliness said, “Even though we do tyres, we also offer full logbook servicing and full mechanical repairs including suspension, alignments, brakes and more.” Recently, Central Tyre Service upgraded to the latest in wheel alignment technology with the Hawk Eye Elite machine by Hunter. This machine allows them to carry out the complete wheel alignment, with key features such as patented quick grip adaptor targets, ability to accommodate wheel diameters up to 30 inches, and the

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latest in comprehensive vehicle database to ensure correct procedures and adjustments. “The wheel alignment process starts with a very comprehensive front and rear suspension check carried out by a fully qualified motor mechanic, which includes a detailed report noting worn or damaged steering and suspension components. This ensures that all mechanical parts of the vehicle are in sound and roadworthy condition prior to adjustments taking place, providing our customers with sound knowledge and piece of mind both for their vehicle’s safety and extended tyre life,” Rod said. Central Tyre Service is situated at 117 Welsford Street, Shepparton and can be contacted on 5821 9555.

Greater Shepparton busy with activities for International Day of Disabled Persons THE annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. Greater Shepparton City Council is a strong supporter of programs that assist in breaking down the perception about disability and will celebrate International Day of Disabled Persons by holding events at Sheppar ton Spor ts Stadium and Sheppar ton Art Museum (SAM) on Tuesday 3 December 2019, beginning at 10am and 11am respectively. The free event at Shepparton Sports Stadium will include

all abilities sports including wheelchair football, soccer, wheelchair basketball, badminton and table tennis, as well as a free barbecue. Shepparton Art Museum will hold a free all abilities tour of the current collection exhibition A Finer Grain. There will be two sessions at 11am and 2pm, with an Auslan interpreter accompanying the 2pm group. Council’s Access and Inclusion Officer, Mark Tomkins encourages the community to get involved in the International Day of People with Disability events. “As one of the many education providers in the Greater Shepparton area, the program at SAM is offering educational opportunities to students, Mark Tomkins both with and without barriers, I invite you to come and help us celebrate International Day of Disabled Persons,” he said.

As one of the many education providers in the Greater Shepparton area, the program at SAM is offering educational opportunities to students, both with and without barriers

TAKING A LEAD WITH DISABILITY… Greater Shepparton City Council, access and inclusion officer, Mark Tomkins. Photo: Steve Hutcheson

The written word spoken out loud WRITING in any form is a challenge. To do so when you are faced with a disability presents an extra layer of difficulty. Since April this year, a diverse group of local writers with a range of disabilities has been meeting once a month at the Shepparton Library to work with Melbourne-based writer and teacher, Chris Thompson as part of the Writers Victoria WriteAbility programme. This group of a dozen or more writers, both young and old, work with Chris to develop skills in writing of all forms, and to share what they’ve been working on. In addition to their skills development, each session includes an opportunity for the writers to have their work read aloud to the group and to engage in conversations about it.

Chris, presenter of Behind the Scenes, the weekly arts and culture programme on Vision Australia Radio recorded a special show in the Shepparton studio of Vision Australia Radio that introduced each of the WriteAbility writers and gave them the opportunity to have their stories recorded for broadcast to an audience that will also include listeners in Adelaide and Perth. Three actors from the recently formed Shepparton based theatre company, Upstart Productions read the stories. The Sheppartonbased Goulburn project has been supported by Goulburn Regional Libraries (Shepparton Branch), Vision Australia Radio (Shepparton), Upstart Productions and Writers Victoria.

PUTTING THEIR WRITING SKILL TO TEST… From left, Billie Wilson, Bianca Stapleton, actor, Chris Thompson, writing mentor, Eliza Brodie, Nini Priestley, Melissa Black, Greater Shepparton City Council librarian, Ivan Etsebeth, Susan Corry, Naomi McIntosh, Lucy Sullivan, Kaylene Rook, Bradley Vincent, Ann Worcester, Mathilda James, Casey Dainon, Shepp Access worker. Photo:Steve Hutcheson

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Tri-state New round of athletes return VicHealth grants with their booty for women’s sports To encourage more girls and women to become involved in sports and physical activities, health promotion foundation, VicHealth will provide $500,000 in new funding to Victorian sports clubs in an effort to get more people across the state physically active to improve their health and wellbeing. VicHealth is encouraging clubs to apply for the latest round of its Active Club Grants, which open today, with funding between $3,000 or up to $10,000 available for community sport clubs to get more women and girls playing sport and increase ‘social’ or modified sport opportunities for people of all ages, genders and abilities. Minister for Health, Jenny Mikakos said the grants support inclusion and encourage women and girls to be more involved in community sport. “These grants are an important way to encourage women to have a go and take up a new sport, get fit and active and make friends along the way,” she said. VicHealth CEO, Dr Sandro Demaio said Active Club Grants have supported hundreds of clubs across Victoria to get more people in their community moving in new ways. “We’re putting the call out for a variety of sporting clubs and associations who are offering opportunities for Victorians to be more active and live healthier lives.” Dr Demaio said with less than a third of Victorians doing enough physical activity to benefit their health, it was critical that sporting clubs were supported to offer more opportunities to get people moving. Clubs are encouraged to apply for Active Club Grants funding through the VicHealth website before 12pm on 24 February 2020. This year the application process has been made simpler and easier for community sporting clubs. For further information and to apply visit

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When you focus on someone’s disability, you’ll overlook their abilities. Eight young people from ConnectGV have just returned from a week long trip to Adelaide where they demonstrated their collective abilities in a number of competitive events. The team have been in training for nearly a year, setting new times and getting themselves prepared for the competition. With the support of NDIS funding, it enabled them to be supported by staff from ConnectGV and for some of them to take a holiday away from home that otherwise might not have been possible.  Aside from pursuing medals, and they returned with a chest full of them, the group were pressed to use independent skills that otherwise they might not have. The occasion also enabled them to make new friends and expand their social horizons at parties the teams had, dining out and dancing with each other or dressing up for an ‘Out of this World’ theme night. Ben Grapetin, one of the young competitors came back with three gold medals as well as two silvers and a bronze, also being awarded the runner up Best Male Athlete, category A.    Each of them are very pleased and proud of their medals however, as Rosemary Glover, one of the athletes said, “The medals are good but it was the chance to go and meet new friends that was the best.”  ConnectGV Future Direction manager, Treena Best, said, “ConnectGV worked with individuals to put a plan in place and provide the support they need to achieve goals and realise their dreams.   The Tri State games are

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS...From left, TriState athletes, Isaiah Briggs, Ben Grapentin, Rosemary Glover, Glen Hurst, Sam Cook, Julie Oldfield. Photo: Steve Hutcheson

just one example of this. Whilst the event is only 7 days ConnectGV staff are committed to months of training with the athletes leading into the event.  There is also a great deal of fundraising that our staff do to cover the costs of the things such as team uniforms, banners, transport, accommodation that aren’t covered by the NDIS.  ConnectGV staff work over and above to travel to and attend the event with the team to provide 24/7 support.” Tri State Games is a competition run annually between, New South Wales, South Australia & Victoria This year the event was held for the second year in Adelaide. Teams compete in indoor sports, team sports, athletics and swimming events, along with social events in the evenings. The Tri State Games 2020/21 will be in Cobram / Barooga (8-13th November 2020).

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A day worth celebrating

A GREAT OPPORTUNITY… WDEA Works Shepparton client, Christine Maresceaux with her employment consultant, Amber Watson. Photo: Supplied.

AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THANKS… Shepparton Access will celebrate International Day of People with Disability with a breakfast with their community partners on December 3. Photo: Supplied.

INTERNATIONAL Day of People with Disability is next Tuesday, December 3. This important day provides a unique opportunity for us all to congratulate people with disability as they continue to achieve their dreams and aspirations. Each year Shepparton Access celebrates International Day of People with Disability with a celebration breakfast with their community partners. For Shepparton Access, the breakfast provides an opportunity to acknowledge and

thank their community partners for their extraordinary dedication to breaking down barriers and bringing about social change. Shepparton Access is a service that helps create pathways into the community and to provide opportunities to each person to increase their quality of life, participate in life long learning and to become part of an inclusive community. For more information, call 5831 6180 or visit

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New job and new mindset As a disability services provider in Shepparton, WDEA Works make sure their clients are ready for work by building skills and addressing barriers to employment. There are disability support courses available to their clients in Shepparton should they require additional training. They also work with employers to find dedicated employees from within their client talent pool. Businesses are encouraged to advertise job vacancies in Shepparton through WDEA Works. WDEA Works Shepparton client, Christine

Maresceaux is a shining example of how finding meaningful employment can change a person’s life and the importance of patience and persistence for both clients and employers when navigating a new role. By working with her WDEA Works employment consultant, Christine was able to successfully gain employment with the Tatura Caravan Park. WDEA Works also has an outreach office in Cobram and Echuca. For more information, call the Shepparton office at 5899 9101 or visit

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KORYO TAEKWONDO COMPETION IN SHEPPARTON… 100 players line up to test their skills. Photo: Will Adams

Taekwondo Interclub competition in Shepparton TAEKWONDO is one of those dedicated sports that can take a lifetime to fully master. Head instructor of Koryo Taekwondo, Shepparton, Sam Rachele brought together 100 players of the martial art with differing skills and ranging in ages from five to 50, to test

their skills in competition, some for the first time. According to Sam, “The kids had a great time. It was a lot of fun. It was more of an introduction for kids, some who have never competed before to try out and see if they want to go on to compete. It was good for the parents as

well as they got to watch their kids in competition.” The event has been taking place now for several years, the last 3 have been in Shepparton with around 30 players from Shepparton while most of the others came up from Melbourne.

Gliders to soar in Tocumwal

READY TO SOAR… Moira Model Aircraft Club instructor, Chris Graham, Tocumwal Soaring owner, Lumpy (Mark) Paterson, Australian Aviation Hall of Famer, Ingo Renner, glider, Jorgen Thomsen, and aircraft engineer, Colin Gunn are looking forward to the Australian National Gliding Multiclass Championships in December. Photo: Supplied.

The sky over Tocumwal will host some of Australia’s best glider pilots as they vie for the title of Australian National Gliding Multiclass Champion when the nationals kick off on Monday, December 9. The championships will see sixty glider pilots from across the country take to the sky for the 13-day event, eager for optimal weather conditions and the opportunity to soar skilfully and graciously in their bid for the top spot of championship holder. The event is hosted by Tocumwal Soaring Club and will take place at the heritage W W II hanger known as Sportavia, located next to the Tocumwal Aerodrome from Monday, December 9 to Saturday, December 21. Tocumwal Soaring Centre owners, Lumpy (Mark) Paterson and Sharon

Dennis described the historic hanger and surrounding facilities as the perfect location for the 13 day championship event. “Tocumwal has a strong gliding history which is reflected in the gliders displayed on top of the Visitor Information Centre and the entrance to the Golf Club. The opportunity to host the national championships is a chance to expose Tocumwal, its facilities, the surrounding landscape and our ideal weather, to glider pilots from across Australia and around the world,” Lumpy said. The free event is open to spectators and a live tracking page allows gliding enthusiasts to take in the action from anywhere in the world. To tune in, visit The Adviser. Australia No. 1:1484 Wednesday, November 27, 2019 – Page 51

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